Last summer I had my first experience with anxiety. I was at work on a random Friday when all of a sudden I felt very weird. I had a hard time breathing and my chest started to hurt. I seriously thought I was having a heart attack. I left work and went straight to the ER where they shoved a couple baby aspirin down my throat and hooked me up to monitors. They kept me there for several hours watching the monitors and asking me all sorts of questions. Right before they discharged me, the doctor hit me with "have you ever had anxiety?". My immediate response was "no, never".
Long story short...two cardiologist follow-ups and several appointments with the GP later and I am on a daily med for...yep, you guessed it...anxiety. I'm on week 3 but still have the awful anxious feelings but I'm told it can take up to a month before I start to feel better. I just want to feel normal again. I don't even remember what that feels like anymore!!!